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To the Preacher: The Idolatry of Intelligence by Leonard Ravenhill

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Leonard Ravenhill delivered this powerful preaching that is very relevant today to all Christian believers especially preachers of the Word of God. Some may find controversial but in reality, it is happening. It’s time to wake up! We must all be serious in our walk with God if we want revival to happen in our lives.

The Idolatry of Intelligence by Leonard Ravenhill

Quotes by Leonard Ravenhill

We call it intelligence God calls his pride.

A Roman Catholic priest startled us not very long ago by saying that for 25 years he had been sitting in the confessional, listening to the confessions of men and women. He said he heard (of) murders, rapes, adultery, and fornication. He met men and women who have broken every law of God and man with repetition. But never in 25 years had anyone ever confessed to be covetous. Covetousness! We wrap it up and call it ambition. We may call it business or something, but right down in the middle of those things is a rotten word called “covetousness.” Paul called it idolatry!

Someone asked me, “Do you pray for the dead?” I said, “No, I preach to them!” I think every pew in every church is death row. Think about that! They’re dead! They sing about God; they talk about God, but they’re dead! They have no living relationship (with God).

“The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.”

“If I don’t believe the Word of God, why should you believe it? If we don’t believe it, why should the world believe us?”

“Do you go to church to meet God or to hear a sermon about Him? How many come to church expecting a confrontation with Deity?”

“I’m sick to death of the so-called Christianity of our day. What’s supernatural about it? When do people come out of the sanctuary awed and can’t speak for an hour because God has been in glory there? Dear God, as soon as they get out, they’re talking football, or sports or something, or there’s going to be a big sale downtown somewhere. We are not caught up into eternity!”

“The surest thing in the world is not death and taxes, it’s death and eternity. Yet, we’re so unconcerned. We are not eternity conscious enough.”

“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?” – Leonard Ravenhill




Leonard Ravenhill (June 18, 1907 – November 27, 1994) was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging western evangelicalism (through his books and sermons) to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts. He was a proponent of the moral government or Governmental theory of atonement. His most notable book is Why Revival Tarries which has sold over a million copies worldwide. (Wikipedia)

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